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Top School Counseling Books of 2017

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Top SC Books of 2017

If you’ve been a follower of my blog then you are very aware of how much I enjoy learning and reading. This year has been no different!

Below are a couple of my favorite professional development books, as well as a curriculum I recently learned about at a training.

Disclosure of material connection: Some of the links in the post below are “affiliated links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item I will receive a small commission. With that said, I only recommend items that I have found useful as a school counselor and educator. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I was lucky enough to hear Dr. Borba speak at the Learning and the Brain conference in Washington, DC this past spring. She has so much great information. The book was a great follow up from the conference. Part of why I love this book is because of the practical strategies mentioned. I also LOVE that she has a breakdown of what is appropriate for the age of the children or students you are working with. Also, if you haven’t already, make sure to check out the article section of her website. There is so much good stuff there.


I purchased this book for my school counseling library with hopes of learning a couple of new ways to approach students with challenging behaviors. I work in an elementary school that is a high-need, high free & reduced lunch rate, that houses both the E.D. (emotionally disabled) and gifted programs for the district. There are times when I am just not sure what direction to take with a student or situation. This book has become an amazing reference when I do get stuck. I love it so much I have also ordered The Behavior Code Companion: Strategies, Tools, and Interventions for Supporting Students with Anxiety-Related and Oppositional Behaviors and am looking forward to diving into that book, as well.


Last Spring I attended a day-long Zones of Regulation training. It was so informative. I brought back tons of notes, resources, and information on this curriculum, as well as ideas on how to integrate it into my work as a school counselor. This year I am implementing it. I was able to get many of the books recommended by getting a donor’s choose project fulfilled. If your students struggle with self-regulation, check out this curriculum!
Thanks so much for stopping by!




Author: thespiritedschoolcounselor

Hey there! I started blogging about my experiences through graduate school and now have continued as a working school counselor. I am currently working in an elementary school but try hard to keep up-to-date on all things school counselor, as well as topics in education. I hope to share ideas, document what I am doing, network, be inspired, inspire, and collaborate with others through this blog. My professional portfolio can be found here: Thanks for stopping by!

One thought on “Top School Counseling Books of 2017

  1. I’d love to send you a copy of my book “Cyberbullying: Perpetrators, Bystanders and Victims” to check out!

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